Over Consumption

Last night I pounded out four decent miles of running. Unfortunately I then went and ruined it all by drinking two beers and consuming way too much food. Dangen!

Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.

I notice sometimes I think, “I ought to do so-and-so,” in order to cover up my desire to do it. If I “have” to do it I don’t have to admit I want to, or that I don’t want to.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

It’s All Too Much!
This is a bit of a downer (stick with me, it goes upwards from here).

What you may or may not know about me is that I used to be very in-tune with Green economics and lifestyles. I know that I don’t seem like an “off the grid” type, but the idea has always intrigued me.

The other night I watched a real downer of a video called “The Story of Stuff” on Terra (note that terra.com is something completely different). The nearly twenty-minute, two-part video discusses the horror of our Consumption Society and how much damage we are levying on the Earth. The images are not disturbing, but the information contained within certainly is.

Much of the rest of this blog entry is about “buying stuff’ so if you want to call me a hypocrite in the comments, feel free to do so.

Look Who’s Becoming A Semi-Localvore
I’ve placed my first order from Moore Farms And Friends. Moore Farms And Friends is a co-op of farms located in Alabama and Georgia and they deliver “locally-grown” farm products to designated pickup locations for those who place orders through them.

There is a $25 per year membership and the cost of the produce is higher than that found in supermarkets, but the idea of buying directly from the producer excites me.

For my first order I purchased a $30 Farmer’s Pick With A 1/2 Dozen Eggs. I believe that I will find out the exact contents of my purchase today, and I plan to whip up a meal around them on Thursday night. Look for an update then.

ITP Flickr Pic
Last Friday night before going across the street and getting plastered at Flat Iron I ate dinner at Kasan Red.

When You Wish Upon A Star

While waiting on my food I snapped this photo of some of the stars hanging in their window.

This Better Not Be An April Fool’s Joke Setup!
This morning I saw a banner ad on mentioning that Hell’s Kitchen returning to Fox on April 1st.


While I realize that most of you don’t share my love for “Hell’s Kitchen” and Gordon Ramsay (no homo) I am stoked. If I had to rank my favorite RealiTV shows currently I’d have to say the order would be “Top Chef”, “Hell’s Kitchen”, “The Amazing Race” (can’t wait for its return), and then “Survivor.”

CD Pick Of The Week
I am sure that I will receive more than one turned-head when I say that there are two discs that I am recommending this week — The B52’s “Funplex” and The Raconteur’s “Consolers Of The Lonely.”

There will always be a certain soft spot in my heart for The B52’s, notsomuch because I live in Atlanta, but because they were the first band that I ever saw get booed off a stage. The year was 1982, the town was Orlando Florida, the venue The Citrus Bowl. If there was anyone to blame for this result it was the concert promoter. You see, The B52’s were opening up for Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, who were themselves opening up for The Who — not exactly a “perfect fit” for the crowd.

As for The Raconteurs, I really dug their last effort. And, given my current mood and how it relates to the title of their new release I can’t help but suggest it.

CD Pick Of The Recent Past
The other night I downloaded (purchased from Amazon) the latest release from Georgia’s-own The Whigs called “Mission Control.” I had been hearing “Right Hand On My Heart” on Sirius (which has just been approved for merger with XM, btw) and enjoying it, so I purchased the entire disc.

You should do the same. This disc is solid and I am now on a mission to find out when they play live again in the Atlanta area (not had the time to look it up yet) so that I can see them perform.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – lonely and frustrated; looking forward to finishing ING
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Bloc Party — “Like Eating Glass”
Website Of The Day – I found the name of the Citrus Bowl via a website which has some of the best information about the long-defunct professional football league, the USFL. Anyone know the name of the Tampa Bay Bandits first head coach? I do, I was there.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 4 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 80 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0

March Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
3) Read at least one book

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Over Consumption

  1. martha says:

    You didn’t eat too much? Heck I pretty much cleaned my place and Harold ate most of your o-rings. Two beers? That’s nothing.

    End of Suburbia was another “scare the crap out of you” documentary about peak oil and what it will mean for us…(on the bright side no more Wal-Marts). Good times ahead, good times….

  2. Maybe it was an overconsumption of fried foods then. I felt like arse this morning…

  3. Barb says:

    I’m very curious what $30 worth of produce gets you…… I guess I could look at the website, but it is easier to just ask – can you request only certain vegetables? What other farm products are available (besides eggs)?

  4. They haven’t specified yet, not even on their website. I bought on speculation. I think it depends on what the farms deliver to them each week. If nothing else, I will learn the seasonality of vegetables since these obviously aren’t being shipped in from Argentina or anything. I’ll have a full update on Thursday.

    They do have an online store where you specify what you want, but I decided to go with the Farmer’s Pick for my first order.

  5. Sally says:

    Hey Paulie: have you ever thought of putting in a small garden and growing your own vegetables? Would give you an added bonus of additional exercise, as well.

  6. I’ve thought of it often. However, it would require me to do yard work/clearing in order to make space. This year I am going to attempt to grow some tomatoes, herbs and peppers in pots on my deck which gets plenty of sunshine.

  7. Jenny says:

    I’m a huge Top Chef fan and put that at the top of my list. Anyone playing the top chef last 2 game?


  8. I hadn’t hear of that before Jenny I will check it out! And sorry for the delay in approval of your comment, my webhost Dreamhost had a major outage yesterday and everything was crap.

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